More than 7.8 million Ukrainians, around a fifth of the population, have left for Europe since February 24, according to CNBC.
Assistance has been announced in several European countries. For example, in the UK, the government has launched a ‘Homes for Ukraine’ sponsorship programme, offering a payment of £350 per month to households that are willing to commit to accepting one or more refugees for at least six months. As a result, it was possible to help 108 thousand visitors.
However, due to a sharp rise in energy prices due to a reduction in Russian gas supplies, many Britons are unable to pay electricity bills and support immigrants. About 42 thousand Ukrainians are forced to seek refuge.
“As time goes on it becomes more and more difficult to help migrants, especially with the rising cost of living and energy bills,” the Nottinghamshire couple said.
The situation is further complicated by the fact that many Ukrainians have settled in relatively affluent middle-class neighborhoods from which it can be difficult to move to affordable housing.
Charities are pushing to find practical solutions to the problems facing Ukrainian immigrants and host families so that more people feel empowered to host. The activists have additional government funding of £150m to help refugees.